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Distinctly Catholic: Auxiliary bishop appointments, climate change questions, and the synod on young people are sure to be among the most important stories and dynamics this year.
The U.S. bishops discussed immigration, racism and other social justice issues in Baltimore, but more needs to be done to effect change, say some bishops and observers.
Distinctly Catholic: Other dynamics within the bishops' conference emerged in the two-day public sessions. Immigration and racism got attention — but not a sense of urgency.
Acknowledging wide divisions in the country over many issues, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called for civility to return to the public debate.